Degree Not Required

Today there are numerous good-paying jobs without degrees that applicants can obtain without finishing college or high school.

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Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.

  • Average Salary:$22,330
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Dishwashers

Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

  • Average Salary:$22,730
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.

  • Average Salary:$50,650
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Perform duties which combine preparing and serving food and nonalcoholic beverages.

  • Average Salary:$21,250
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Baristas

Prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.

  • Average Salary:$22,330
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

  • Average Salary:$23,290
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Farm Labor Contractors

Recruit and hire seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

  • Average Salary:$46,150
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Actors

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

  • Average Salary:Not available
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts.

  • Average Salary:$38,190
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

  • Average Salary:$29,000
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school